NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb volleyball head coach Brandon Rosenthal has announced the hiring of Billy Ebel to be the next volleyball assistant coach.
“I’m excited to bring in Billy, there’s no doubt that he will bring a strong work ethic and a fantastic energy level,” Rosenthal said. “He’s one of these young coaches that has a great understanding for the game and the running of a program. He is extremely knowledgeable in the planning and execution of a high level practice. I am very excited for this addition of Billy to our staff as I know he will pour his heart into LUV.”
Ebel is looking forward to starting his Lipscomb coaching career.
“The main reasons why I wanted to come to Lipscomb were the tradition of the program, the moral of the school and the value of the school,” Ebel said. “I’ve known Brandon a long time now. He has recruited a lot of Kansas City kids. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the program.
“When I found out about the job, I was really excited and knew that was something that I wanted to pursue and knew it would be the next step in my career as a coach.”
Ebel has known some of the former and current Lipscomb volleyball athletes.
“He had a lot of ties to Lipscomb because he was friends with Jake Pease, Alex Kelly, Abby Fay and Meghan Hinemeyer as they all grew up in the same area,” Rosenthal said. “He coached Lauren Ford and has great ties in the Kansas City area.”
Rising junior Ford and Ebel are from the same hometown of Lenexa, Kan.; although they went to rival high schools.
Ebel is replacing former assistant coach Jeff Wismer, who accepted a position at the new Club Director of Alliance Volleyball Club, at the end of April.
Ebel joined the University of Missouri-Kansas City staff in February 2011 as a volunteer assistant coach and later on stayed on the staff as a graduate assistant coach. He is currently working on his master’s degree in higher education.
“For the last three seasons, I’ve spent time at the UMKC under Christi Posey, who’s had 12 years at KU,” Ebel said. “I’ve been mentored by her and learned a lot from her. We turned the program around. We went 12-17 in my first season, to 17-12 in my second season.
“I’ve learned a lot about coaching, recruiting, establishing my own philosophy and my own coaching staff. A lot of that goes hand-to-hand with coach Rosenthal’s thoughts and ideas on how we want to represent the program.”
Prior to him joining the UMKC staff, Ebel served as a defensive coordinator at Bishop Milege, his former high school team. He helped the Lady Stags to the 2010 Kansas State Championship.
Ebel served as a volunteer assistant coach at Muncie Burris Laboratory High School in Muncie, Ind., for three seasons. He helped guide the Owls to the Indiana Class 2A State Championship in each season and one national runner-up finish.
Ebel earned his Bachelor of Science degree in sports administration and management in 2010 from Ball State University.
The former Libero set the BSU’s single-season record with an average of 3.05 digs per set his senior season. He was a 2010 All-Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association First Team selection.
Ebel finished tied for 10th in BSU’s program history with 688 digs and finished third in matches with double-figure digs with 33.